I have loved
Hallmark as far back as I can remember. The "Card Shop" was our favorite gift
shop throughout the year and of course, we always headed to the local
Hallmark shop for after-Christmas sales. Since we live in
Keli came to work with us 17 years ago as a caregiver for my parents, who we had moved into our home. She now does most of our shipping and has become a serious collector herself and can answer the most difficult Hallmark questions. Keli, her husband, and their three sons have become "family" and we appreciate their dedication. Our daughter-in-law, Megan, taught herself web design and built our website from scratch and still does all the website maintenance. We look forward to the Christmas season every year because Keli's mother, Brenda, comes to work for us and can be counted on to take great care and pride in whatever she is doing. The past four years we have had Cathy working with us and we are all thankful for her strong work ethic and willingness to do whatever is needed. Our children still help out in the evenings and on weekends whenever needed and then I get to babysit while everyone else works. It's fun to see the grandchildren become involved too and hear them talk about what "ownament" they NEED! They love to grab a sack and go shopping in the aisles for their favorite character ornaments. The grandchildren are getting old enough that after “shopping”, they try to do some work in exchange for their free ornaments. This might include putting the shipping labels (“stickers”) on packages, playing with the packing peanuts and shipping boxes, or organizing and handing out snacks for much-needed breaks.
We have been so thankful for all the opportunities we have had and especially the people we have met along the way! We have many wonderful memories of trips we took with our family to attend Hallmark events. It seems like only yesterday that our youngest son (now 33) would attend Hallmark Conventions with us and go to sleep in the hotel bathtub because our room was full of "room hoppers" until 2 am. Our "Hallmark Family" has truly been a blessing and we treasure all the friendships that we have made!